A paedophile who preyed on a teenage girl and cut her off from her friends has been jailed for two years today (July 3).
John Bones, 77, of Soloway, Hemel Hempstead was charged with the historic offences which happened between September 1995 and May 1996.
Bones knew the victim through her family as they both had lock-up garages next to each other in the same area of Hemel Hempstead.
St Albans Crown Court heard that the victim, who was in her early teens at the time, would visit Bones in his garage to talk to him about school.
He would also take her out in his car and inappropriately touch her.
Bones would also tell the victim that he loved her, before gradually grooming her and controlling her.
As a result, she was absent from school for long periods of time and gradually lost her friends.
Bones told her that she did not need friends as he was her friend.
He was convicted of two counts of indecent assault.
For the first count he received six months in custody and for the second he received 18 months in custody.
Detective Constable Duncan Montague, who led the investigation, said: “Firstly I would like to commend the victim in this case for coming forward.
“She has shown integrity and immense bravery throughout this case which has been extremely traumatic for her.
“The fact that these incidents happened two decades ago does not detract from the severity of the offences committed by John Bones against his victim.
“John Bones preyed on a vulnerable young girl and groomed her for his own gratification without any regard for her as a person or the law.
“The sentence passed today reflects how appalling his crimes were and I hope it can give some closure to his victim and allow her to continue to live her life.”